Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles celebrates a second half touchdown against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Minnesota Vikings won’t meet with Blake Bortles


The Minnesota Vikings have the eighth pick in the draft this May but there seems to be one player they won’t be taking if their most recent announcement is an indication of anything. According to Vikings beat writer Chris Tommason, the Vikings will not be holding a private workout — or a meeting of any kind — with UCF quarterback Blake Bortles before the draft.

It’s hard to get a read on what this means, but it seems rather clear that the Vikings aren’t interested in Bortles or that they’ve seen all they’d to see already. Those can lead to two wildly different outcomes in the draft, but there seems to be a growing notion that Bortles could slide in the draft.

Minnesota has been higher on Teddy Bridgewater than anyone else and there’s a possibility that they take a linebacker at No. 8 overall instead of a quarterback.

Either way, not meeting with Bortles seems to be suggesting a lack of interest in him from the Vikings but that hardly narrows down their options on who to take.

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  • Ken Tomlin

    No, that’s not what means at all. We all know at this time of year, it’s all about misinformation. Teams will meet MORE and show MORE interest in players they usually won’t draft( see Te’o last year). The less contact a team has with a player usually the more likely it’ll be that they’ll attempt to draft said player( see Rhodes last year and Smith in 2012). As fans, we shouldn’t get too excited or too upset because of the amount of time the VIKINGS spend with any player. I believe all the time spent with Bridgewater is more of a smokescreen and to use as a trade back ploy. Not, that Speilman is hoping that some team will trade up for him, but that if we can trade back other teams will think that’s who we’ll draft. Then the player we really want might still be there cuz other teams might not worry about us taking said player cuz they think we’ll take Bridgewater.

    • jamed

      I think the Viks like Bridgewater and they wanted to make sure all of the knocks on him are fixable. I think Bridgewater would be just like Rodgers and that’s why Rodgers fell down to the bottom of round 1 is cause he has the same knocks on him as Bridgewater has on him now. So if we don’t take Bridgewater I think in a few years we will regret it a lot.

  • jamed

    This could mean the Viks are high on Bortles and don’t need to bring him again and tip there hand into what they want. I think it was a week ago that a report came out that the Viks were looking to trade up to get Bortles. So we have to wait and see what’s gunna happen, cause the Viks are doing a great job of not showing there hands. Its almost irritating that we don’t get to get a clue.